Sunday, November 25, 2012
Still reveling in the accomplishment of my first half marathon. Believe it or not, but the pace group I trained with usually finish a half in 2:52-3 hours. So despite the fact that Barb could have gone faster, I'm getting a lot of congratulations on the 2:37:36 time from my Galloway group members! I see I was 30th out of 90 in my age group. I was something like number 1918 out of a total of 3150 runners. Not bad for a first effort.
During the race I had no pain, but my left glute and hamstring were telling me that they were working hard. I thought they might really hurt after the race, but they didn't. Right after the race my calf muscles cramped hard several times. I drank a lot on the run, so I don't think it was dehydration causing those cramps. I figured they were just telling me I went as fast as I should have.
The day after the race, I had soreness in my quads whenever I moved. The next day I only felt it if I squatted. Three days out I was just feeling a little tired, but I also was having some trouble sleeping so that might have been the reason. Five days after the race I woke with a burning desire to run. Thought I should take it easy, but I just loved running on the beach. I even got lots of people giving me positive comments. I was wearing my St Pete Women's Half Marathon tee shirt! I ran with only a few walk breaks for over an hour. It just felt so good.
I am a runner. I am a half marathoner!!